Whether for homemade toothpaste or various dishes, mint is amazing to have around so try to grow your own with this step-by-step article!
Mint has various health benefits, along with that refreshing minty taste. It is the most popular garden herb with it being easy to grow and spreading around quickly in your back garden if left to its own devices.
To grow mint at home, you will need a moisture-rich soil, but can be grown in wide-open containers indoors or planted outside. The mint plants need ample sun and water to grow, this will ensure that the leaves are kept lush. This culinary herb can be harvested along with its square stems, that are edible.
Being a perennial, some varieties of mint can spread even quicker without the need for any fertiliser. It’s one herb that can take over your garden and comes with a huge harvest, it’s important to have a contained dedicated spot for this herb.
How To Plant Mint
The growing mint plant should start from a stem cutting of a mature plant. Choose a healthy mint stem to sow in a well-drained and moisture-rich soil placed in a fully sunny location. Although, mint can grow in shady locations as well, if you keep the watering requirements in mind.
Try to maintain the pH level of the soil in between 6.5-7 for a little acidity. While planting mint seeds, keep the soil rich in organic manure and fertilizers. This will help in the quick formation of seedlings. You can add a layer of fertiliser mid-season as well if you want to see a big boost in growth and they are lacking.
How To Care For Mint Plants
As you know, mint plants are quick and easy to grow, they do not need much attention. However, you need to take precautions if they are spreading to areas they are not intended to grow. If you are growing mint in containers, make sure it does not touch any other soil, this should help with preventing the spread of the plants.
Note that there should be enough drainage for the water to avoid any water-logging. Try not to overwater as it can drain out the nutrients and flavours from the mint. You should aim to water the mint plants in the morning, so the moisture of soil stays maintained throughout the day.
Being adaptable, mint does well in summer as well as winter. If you want to grow mint indoors, you need to maintain the humidity levels, lightly misting the plant in the day time will help keep a more constant level of humidity. Adding pebbles into the soil can also help greatly when trying to retain higher levels of humidity.
How To Harvest Mint
You will have plenty of mint to harvest no matter where you are growing it. After mastering how to grow mint, you need to pick the stems of the plant.
The plant is ready for harvesting when it’s about 6-8 inches in length. This would take roughly two months if you were using seeds for planting or shorter depending on the length of the stem you planted.
It is recommended to leave some mint to spread again after harvesting, so lightly trim as much as you need whenever you need it.